1. What majors may an undergraduate applicant choose?
  2. What is it like to major in Architecture or Interior Design?
  3. What is required to become an architect?
  4. What is required to become an interior designer?
  5. How does the architecture program at UT Austin compare with other schools?
  6. How do I apply as a freshman applicant?
  7. What is required for the application?
  8. Do you require a portfolio?
  9. Do I need a specific class rank, GPA, or SAT/ACT score to apply or be admitted?
  10. Do you require specific high school courses?
  11. The application asks for a first and second major choices.  Should I choose two majors of study in the School of Architecture just in case I am not admitted to my first choice?
  12. How many students are in the School of Architecture, and how many students do you accept each year?
  13. Where do graduates of the School of Architecture work after graduating?
  14. What is your student to teacher ratio in design studios?
  15. Are SAT subject tests required for admittance into the School of Architecture?
  16. What other test scores award credit by examination?
  17. Does the School of Architecture offer scholarships?
  18. Are new students required to attend summer orientation?
  19. How can I establish Texas residency?

 

 

What majors may an undergraduate applicant choose?

Undergraduate degrees are available in architecture and interior design. To be considered for admission, you must list architecture or interior design as your first-choice major. We do not review applications in which interior design or architecture is the second-choice major.

Back to Top

 

What is it like to major in architecture or interior design?

Visit the following external sites for thorough descriptions.

Back to Top

 

WHAT is required to become an architect?

There are three categories when it comes to pursuing registration as an architect:  Education, Experience, and Examination. These requirements are often referred to as the “Three E's."  Texas requires the following:

Please see the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards [NCARB] website for the most up-to-date information.  

Back to Top

 

WHAT is required to become an Interior Designer?

Similar to architecture, many jurisdictions in the U.S. require the "Three E's" when pursuing registration as an interior designer.  Texas requires the following:

Please see the National Council for Interior Design Qualification [NCIDQ] website for the most up-to-date information.  

Back to Top
 

How does the Architecture program at UT Austin compare with other schools?

Our Bachelor of Archtiecture is consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally by DesignIntelligence. A 2007-2015 comparison of rankings is provided by Architectural Record.  

Back to Top

 

How do I apply as a freshman applicant?

The UT Austin Office of Admissions administers freshman admission for the School of Architecture. Students apply online.To be considered for admission, you must list architecture or interior design as your first-choice major. We do not review applications in which interior design or architecture is the second-choice major.

Back to Top

 

What is required for the application?

For your convenience, below is an abbreviated list of application requirements due by the December 1st deadline, as the School of Architecture offers admission only to the fall semester. However, all applications are handled by the University's Office of Admissions, so their website and office is the best source of information. To be considered for admission to the School of Architecure, you must list architecture or interior design as your first-choice major. We do not review applications in which interior design or architecture is the second-choice major.
[  ] ApplyTexas application
[  ] Essays C & D
[  ] $75 non-refundable application fee [$90 for international applicants]
[  ] SAT or ACT test scores
[  ] High school transcript(s) + any college transcript(s)
[  ] Recommendation Letter(s) [optional, but strongly encouraged]
[  ] Expanded Resume [optional]
[  ] Student Information Form

*International applicants should be aware of additional admission requirements/information.

Back to Top
 

Do you require a portfolio?

We do not accept portfolios for freshman admissions.

Back to Top
 

Do I need a specific class rank, GPA or SAT/ACT score to apply or be admitted?

We do not have minimum admissions requirements, but those who are admitted typically fall in the top quarter of their class, have a high school GPA of 3.0 or above, and have a high SAT or ACT test score.

Back to Top
 

Do you require specific high school courses?

The Office of Admissions maintains minimum high school course requirements for freshman application eligibility.  Refer to the Office of Admissions website for information on these course requirements. The School of Architecture does not impose additional requirements. However, we recommend that high school students take AP courses or IB courses (if available) including physics and calculus. In addition, we recommend humanities and elective art classes, such as drawing.

Back to Top
 

The application asks for a first and second major choice. Should I choose two majors of study in the School of Architecture just in case I am not admitted to my first choice?

No. If a student is not admitted into their first major choice within the School of Architecture, they will not be accepted into another major offered by the School. Therefore, your first major choice must be one of the five programs offered by the School of Architecture (listed below), and the second choice should be a major offered within another college or school at the University. If unsure, we recommend that applicants select “undeclared” within the School of Undergraduate Studies as their second major choice. The undergraduate programs offered by the School of Architecture include the following:

Back to Top
 

How many students are in The School of Architecture, and how many students do you accept each year?

The School of Architecture consists of roughly 330 undergraduate students and 370 graduate students. Out of approximately 1,000 freshman applicants, 95 students are admitted. 

Back to Top
 

Where do graduates of the School of Architecture work after graduating?

Employment reports are available from the School of Architecture's Career Services center. 

Back to Top
 

What is your student to teacher ratio in design studios?

13 to 1.

Back to Top
 

Are SAT subject tests required for admittance into the School of Architecture?

No. However, the SAT Subject Test in Physics is highly recommended if an applicant will not already have college-level physics credit or credit by exam via an Advanced Placement Examination in Physics B; Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism; or Physics C: Mechanics; or International Baccalaureate Examination in Physics (Certificate); Physics (Higher Level) Diploma; or Physics (Standard Level) Diploma

Back to Top
 

What other test scores award credit by examination?

The University of Texas at Austin has a centralized Student Testing Services center that maintains credit by examination policies

Back to Top
 

Does the School of Architecture offer scholarships?

The School of Architecture offers various competitive scholarships. A few awards are offered to incoming freshmen. Students need not apply separately for these awards. Continuing SOA students are eligible to apply for scholarships after completing the fall semester of their first year. The University offers many scholarships to new and continuing students as well.

Back to Top
 

Are new students required to attend summer orientation?

We expect all incoming freshman to attend one of the two July orientation sessions in which the School of Architecture participates. 

Back to Top
 

How MAY I establish Texas residency?

The residency specialist in the Graduate and International Admissions Center [GIAC] provides details about establishing residency and can be contacted for all residency questions.

Back to Top
 

Contact Information

Katrina Kosted

Academic Advising Coordinator, Undergraduate Programs: (512) 471-0109, katrina@austin.utexas.edu
Goldsmith Hall 2.116

Tomi Yamamoto

Academic Advisor for Undergraduate Programs: (512) 471-4525, tomi@austin.utexas.edu
Goldsmith Hall 2.118